John Cardinale, vice president of media relations for Sonoma Raceway, passed away March 21 following a two-year battle with gastric cancer.
Cardinale, 47, is survived by his wife, Andrea, and two daughters.
"John Cardinale was as true a friend, as loyal a colleague, as devoted a husband and father and as fine a human being as you could ever hope to know," Sonoma Raceway President Steve Page said.
"John has been a part of every good thing that has happened at this track over the last 15 years. We are all so fortunate to have had him in our lives and to have shared in his intelligence, his wit, his integrity and his brave spirit."
Cardinale joined the staff of the track then known as Infineon Raceway in 1998. He was a graduate of San Francisco State University and spent 10 years in the newspaper business as a sports reporter and editor in the Bay area.
This past January, Sonoma Raceway hosted the second annual John's March Against Stomach Cancer, an event established to honor Cardinale while raising awareness and funds for stomach cancer research. The inaugural event raised nearly $17,000.
According to track officials, for those who would like to make a donation in Cardinale's honor, a memorial fund has been set up on behalf of his family. Donations may be sent to the John Cardinale Memorial Fund, care of Sonoma Raceway, 29355 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476.
Sonoma Raceway is a property of Speedway Motorsports Inc.
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